Am I doing anything right? It’s a question, most professionals – especially leaders – have asked themselves at least once in their career (for some of us on a regular basis). Obviously, the answer is yes but that doesn’t mean the weight and pressures don’t occasionally start to tip the scale in the wrong direction mentally. As leaders, we spend most of our time focused on the challenges of others, of teams, and of the organization. Yet, when do we take care of ourselves as leaders and the problems we directly face? In this session, expect raw honesty of acknowledging the common patterns of challenges leaders face such as 'but I am the expert', 'am I adding value", etc. For each common challenge, you'll walk away with numerous tools and concepts to help you be the best leader you can be.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

I decided to select this as a talk - although you will find the outline is more of an interactive talk. I chose this based on timing options. The optimal length for this session is 75-90 minutes. I could make it into a full 120 workshop (if longer - I have two additional patterns to add) but figured an interactive talk of 60 might fit the program needs more.

The video link is not this specific talk. Early keynote that gives you a rough idea of my speaking abilities. I can also provide attendee feedback and recommendations.

Please note the slides linked are an example of content - not the final draft nor do they include the exercise details. I'm using a new medium to link to slides. If you are unable to download, please let me know and I'll email, etc. tricia.broderick@gmail.com

Opening (5 mins)

  • Why this topic (a space for leaders to learn and be honest - not just mocked like in Dilbert)
  • Introduction

Pattern 1 (but I'm an expert) (10 mins)

  • Stop giving the quick answer (expert mode) and help others grow with tips
  • Individual Writing Exercise: What would someone have to say for you to trust them?

Pattern 2 (but I'm dependable) (15 mins)

  • Stop owning everything and embrace complexity
  • Observe Exercise: Queen of Hearts (demonstrates manipulation of people)
  • Table Discussion Exercise: Are you the hub? (where do you fit in the team evolution)

Pattern 3 (but I need recognition too) (10 mins)

  • Stop pretending you don't have positional power and seek alternative sources
  • Pair Share Exercise: Draw an image that represents your work language - how could you get it?

Pattern 4 (but that's not fair) (15 mins)

  • Stop believing you can't make a difference and take one day at a time
  • Exercise: Appreciation loop (4 specific appreciations for someone in the room - go back and forth turns) - if you can't appreciate anyone in the room, share with someone four appreciations of yourself

Closing (5 mins)

  • To take care of others, you have to take care of your needs also
  • You are problem and that means potential because nothing is perfect.
  • Which pattern are you going to break first?

Learning Outcome

- describe four common patterns of challenges that leaders directly face personally

- explore tips to overcome each challenge

- explain why leadership self care is valuable

Target Audience

Leaders (any level)

Prerequisites for Attendees

N/A

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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